The hatchery fish puzzle???
OK. I am firmly a believer that hatchery fish even in prime conditions do not respond nearly as well to a swung fly as wild fish do. In terms of the river I have been fishing lately these hatchery fish are such weak responders as to make fly fishing for them a complete waste of time.
However they respond very well to lures like blue fox spinners and hot shots so it's not that they are lock lawed dour fish.
I absolutely will not fish weighted flies or nymphs for them....!!!!
I want to know what do you think would bring these fish to a swung fly???
Should I try something with a lot of flash like a spinner? Should I try something VERY large and invasive? Or should i try something small and natural looking???
here is what I have tries to date.
Skunks and other traditional steelhead flies fished on sink tips and floating line.
Muddlers in all colors and sizes fished floating and on tips
1/0 Marabou patterns on sink tips
Spey flies on floaters and on tips
I know I could get them on stone nymphs or glo bugs dead drifting but I will not fish that way.
what do you guys think??
By the way on an average day I probably cover 50-150 fish with my flies and only got one fish which was of course wild.
Only steelhead matter!